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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thank You Guys For Liberating Me

I address this to all those boys and girls, youth, men and women of the faith that have the heart of Christ and are--to boot--my black soul brothers and sisters (and Eddie Murphy this of course includes you). You helped free me for God’s service by clearing the air of religiosity which can too often be a symptom of white folks’ religion. You will notice in The Golden Child that the child is surrounded on all sides during captivity with prison bars symbolically amplified with clouds of incense and murmuring incantations. In many white churches one senses cloying constraint the minute one enters the sanctuary--or should I say the inner sanctum of authoritarian repression. So I would like to thank the Black Race and Culture for bringing true liberty to the American banquet table and sharing spiritual freedom in all kinds of miraculous and generous ways.  Truly--though it costs you many sacrifices--you emancipated American culture for God’s good and creative works.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

My Chosen Running Mate

I want to have as my vice-president Eddie Murphy.  Yet, if he insists on playing around only with flamboyant thespians, I guess I’m flat out of luck.

You see, he will be my way to rig the election ON BEHALF OF THE HOLY GHOST.  God feels it’s way past time that ALL OF US have a little fun laughing at ourselves.  There’s all kinds of illumination--but to be spiritually free we need lots of charitable laughter.

There’s only one talent alive fully up to this task.  (I intend to make Beverly Hill Cops required viewing for all those that give a shit about our country.)  Come on Eddie, you knew all along that you were gifted with comic genius for far more than writhing within sweaty sheets while passionately sidling up to a grossly obscene bank account.  You are called upon now to save our country with laughter…besides I need a running mate with demonstrated skill in love’s promiscuous abandon to share my personal presidential intimacy....with the whole goddamn world….Trust me!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Businesses Leaders Can Be Our Leaders--But NEVER our God!!

Personal Note:  One day (circa 1964) out of the blue I was advised by a counselor “Don’t be a Calvin Coolidge” (30th U.S. President).

......A little about that guy and his famous quote
(All following contiguous text quoted from this link: Source)

President Coolidge made his famous remark [the business of America is business……….yet read his context remarks below] in an address to the Society of American Newspaper Editors on January 17, 1925 in Washington, D.C.

“After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the opinion that the great majority of people will always find these the moving impulses of our life.”

It’s hard to dispute the notion that most Americans are concerned about the economy and personal prosperity. And, Coolidge made it clear that he didn't simply mean “greed is good.”

“Of course, the accumulation of wealth cannot be justified as the chief end of existence,” he said. “But we are compelled to recognize it as a means to well-nigh every desirable achievement. So long as wealth is made the means and not the end, we need not greatly fear it...But it calls for additional effort to avoid even the appearance of the evil of selfishness. In every worthy profession, of course, there will always be a minority who will appeal to the baser instinct. There always have been, probably always will be, some who will feel that their own temporary interest may be furthered by betraying the interest of others.”

It’s true that Coolidge was generally a pro-business, small-government type politician; sort of a Ronald Reagan without charisma.

But, in my opinion, the spin that is often put on his famous quote about the business of America is clearly overly simplistic and unfair.


Now, All Together friends of my Ilk.......Who's our Boss?

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Getting the Show on the Road


First steps must be in addressing the huge external and internal costs of alcohol--a historical curse afflicting humanity in ways not even now fully appreciated.  In America we should look to initial steps taken to effect change in tobacco consumption--immediately limit advertising and other gratuitous forms of propaganda (placement in films, sports events, etc.) Limit product placement in stores--place behind counters in restricted areas--we adults have a huge responsibility to help children understand that alcohol is a vicious destroyer of cellular structure and processes and to be avoided--not as ads used to say--”Beer Belongs” Which has now been extended to pop-like chillers and TV ads selling liquor to attract youth and the eyes of children.

As to capitalism you by now understand I view it as essential for authentic earnest effort in production and creativity and the pursuit of truth--for example in sports, how are we to truly and earnestly know who is the fastest runner without comparing and contrasting performance?…cloak it as you will, sooner or later we must come to see the divine function of competition in motivating the search for and the finding of Truth even in the most practical sense. But as President Lincoln far too long ago made clear, the human resource as a partner with God in creativity is the organic soul, soil, and source of abundance.  Therefore, we must get to work and protect the most humble of employees with due respect and regard for due process and third-party review.  No society can claim to be just who excludes due respect and regard for human capital in the quintessential divine occupation of creativity.

As is obvious, our biggest challenge will be to find the tools necessary to handle obsolescence of certain types of product and services. An often used example--no society can afford to prop-up a buggy whip industry when there is virtually no demand for buggy whips. The small Mom and Pop enterprises present challenges of risk vulnerability regarding enterprises less subject to entry barriers. For example, car detailing (cleaning and polishing cars at the customer’s location) has a relatively small number of entry costs and competition can be fierce and demand weak when disposable income is low.  Often, a new business will hire friends and family members with a full understanding that the business will not be able to ensure consistency or longevity. As a society we must not allow such situations to divert us from the goal of eliminating cannon-fodder employment practices for the vast majority of businesses.  We simply must face the fact that unions have provided great assistance to many human resource challenges, but for many smaller businesses it is not clear to me that money is sufficiently available in-house for a union solution.  Yet, if there are structural designs incorporating unions that are plausibly doable, they should certainly be explored.   


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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Of Deep Ruts and Shooting Stars

Do we pretend before our great Creator to ascertain the limits of time and space or what we humans shall view as impossible the day after tomorrow?  It is for us to diligently strive with earnest effort to exercise trust and faith and through God’s assistance resolve to concede (as Isaiah once did) the guiding hand of the potter may know a tad more than the pot. 


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Motherhood, Apple Pie, and Employee Justice

Part of My Childhood DNA---But What a Dry-cleaning Bill !!!

My campaign focuses on two unacceptable preventable horrors for far too many Americans--the recurrent mayhem of alcohol and the painful betrayal of American “cannon fodder employees.”  It is my conviction that a recital of mathematical statistics avoids reality rather clarifying it for compassionate Americans.  Alma Sarett  (co-author of Basic Principles of Speech 4th Edition (Sarett/Sarett/Foster)) was my college speech professor who in a brief minute or two in front of class reported that a speech regarding a region’s grinding poverty was a blunted instrument of math class abstraction until the speaker described a little child in a tattered dress seated in the doorway of a crumbling tar-paper shack. HEED THIS WARNING: my campaign will never morph into an abstract math class while blood spreads upon the asphalt pavement following a DUI vehicular homicide of a family of four (as happened in my home town).

Cannon Fodder as too often applied to soldiers:

“Cannon Fodder soldiers: soldiers regarded merely as material to be expended in war.” (NOAD, 2010, 2016)

Expendable: that may be expended; regarded as not worth preserving or saving; not normally reused; unimportant, able to be sacrificed to achieve an object.

“.….In a war anything can be expendable—money or gasoline or equipment or most usually men.” (SOED, 2007).


Our current sad example of a monied overlord is Donald Trump whose ground of being is ultimately his gold/& power and himself.  

There are those who are only too glad to mow down people in a crime scene by misnomer called “business.”  In the name of “business” (It’s just business, they claim) there is no limit to the perfidy possible against the innocent.

I intend to take a very close look at those who claim with great self-righteousness…it’s only business…while shafting conscientious employees who perhaps for years brought value to an organization and gave it a future. To mention just a few “fall guy” dirty tricks of perversion: a bank office approves a loan due solely due the pressures he is receiving from his bosses above him.  When the loan extended goes sour--it is the lower level loan officer who gets shafted while the big guys share a smug chuckle. Another example: the highly competent administrative assistant is intentionally given an outrageous overload of tasks that would be impossible for anyone to accomplish. The big guys sadly shaking their heads claim she is “not up to her job.” While anxiety can be Machiavellian in the front office, in the yard it can shed any attempt at subterfuge as straw bosses lay down contradictory demands.

The basic problem here is that these overlord criminal butchers of employees know that cannon fodder people often feel helpless--even unworthy of help. It is my determination to see the end of such fetid and unjust demigods who engage in phony “business” exploitative quackery. Third-party review of firings is essential for simple fairness.

It is time for America to demonstrate for the world God’s intended robust, creative--even organic--benefactor of justice and abundance-- capitalism--replete with human equality and mind-blowing talented specialization.

Allied in Many More Ways than One

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

What Do I Really Think? (A Fireside Chat to Excuse My Duplicity)

Some of the issues I will now address I have mentioned before…and some who would otherwise like to support me feel unease that I demonstrate the all-too-familiar image of a politician speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

First I would like to return the favor and suggest you likely sometimes speak this way too.  Connie and I are in a sense blissfully happy as a married couple.  (I dare anyone who is married to claim not to know why I include the qualifier “in a sense.”)  You will seldom find a couple more “on the same page” as Connie and me---yet, I find myself sometimes violating fundamental values I personally staunchly affirm. For example, as Jesus found some activities within the temple had grown blasphemous, I have very high standards for the role of government, and in my view, the poor-man’s-casino of a lotto window on every street corner IS NOT ONE OF THEM!!!   Yet, some days Connie will ask me—just before I run into a store to get a needed item—to pick up three lotto tickets (as she hands me the money).  So in a few minutes before God and everybody I stand at the counter complicit in turning government into the false god of Lady Fortune.

My first point is simple--as in a family—as in a larger society one’s personal values cannot be applied strictly and universally in each and every case.  Despite this, I have no trouble voicing at any time to anyone my strong belief that government has no business being a poor-man’s-casino.

This applies to how I personally feel (I use the word “feel” intentionally) about abortion as an afterthought remedy for pregnancy.  In my view both the unborn child and the mother are due the consideration of dignity and respect.  I’m not comfortable assuming a child is solely sexually conceived and totally absent any purpose on the part of our Creator. I like to think that all children--born and unborn--are created by God and not created solely by we ourselves.  

Likewise my views on sexuality are complicated because of my belief that part of the successful maturation process at least for males is occasional explicit same-sex identity encounters and reinforcement during the early years...later to be followed by only implicit identity with males while the sexual act itself is reserved to be shared only with the opposite sex.  (As long as society does not recognize this process, those youth who refuse to lie like the hypocritical other craven cowards can come to feel they must be gay—even at age 13!)  But again, as I’ve said before sexual development is subject to many variables.  It could be tremendously cruel and hurtful to legislate based upon speculation rather than exhaustive scientific findings. (It is my hope that America can make a significant contribution in exploring objectively what has historically been treated as a forbidden taboo.  This will, however, probably take many years to approximate completion.) 

The examples above illustrate one reason why you can perceive I talk out of two sides of my mouth—what I adamantly hold personally may be nontransferable to society at large due to my reluctance to appear priggish or--a much more serious matter--my moral obligation to avoid inflicting personal pain on others.

Another reason I can thus talk with in-your-face duplicity is sometimes I change my mind.  For example though I am certain that guns and healthcare need serious further policy development, these are issues with a vast array of possible intended and unintended consequences.  Unfortunately, sometimes I am not fully aware of an option’s hurtful effects until I try it on for size—thus, choices can incur inherently transient commitments despite my best efforts efforts to avoid trial and error inefficiencies. This too can be an experience you have encountered—and that you too unfortunately find incurs additional financial costs as well a widespread reputation for flat-out bonehead stupidity.  

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